Light has come into our world.
The witness of the birth of Jesus by lowly shepherds contrasts with the confirmation of Jesus as the Messiah by the Maggi, learned ‘foreigners’ who through their knowledge of the wonders of the night skies were led to Bethlehem. Jesus came to the lowly shepherds and the respected kings or wise men or astrologers came to Jesus.
In the name of Jesus let every knee bow of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus the Christ is in the glory of God. Philippians 2:10-11
The Christmas star remains today a symbol of that manifestation of Jesus, the ‘Light of the World’ who’s Light has lit up all humanity. I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the Light of life. John 8:12
One might well associate that celebration of Light in Bethlehem, that filling of the night sky, with the way we often celebrate important events with fireworks, introducing light as a dramatic expression of joy. The star of wonder generated a brilliance that celebrated the scene when the Divine entered human history. And now in these final days of Christmas we are reminded to receive that same Light into our hearts, to let it transform us, to radiate it to everyone we know, so that we too will be Light to the nations.
Nations will come to your light and mighty kings will come to see your radiance. Isaiah 60:3